The Treatment Benefit Scheme
Did you know that The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) offers dental benefits to qualified employees, the self employed and their spouses? The terms of this scheme are available on their website and many people
are unaware that they are eligible to participate. The process couldn’t be easier. Simply provide your dental practice with your date of birth and PPS number and they will check your eligibility online. Verification is immediate and should confirm that you are eligible to have one free Dental Exam and one Scale & Polish for €15 per year. Please note that eligibility runs in calendar years, so you may only claim each benefit once from 1st January to 31st December in a given year.
A small number of workers will not have instant eligibility confirmed and their claim will be listed as ‘Pending’. In this instance, the person seeking to claim their benefit must call DEASP to find out the reason for their pending status. Often it relates to a small issue with records and it is usually resolved swiftly with a call to 074 9164480.
Certain Spouses of qualified workers are also entitled to benefits. Spouses must first seek the approval of their spouse to use their spouses PPS number and complete form D2.The form is available from your dental practice. The dentist will be notified of your eligibility electronically.
History of the scheme
The 2010 Budget ended most dental benefits for insured workers, with the benefit reduced to just one Dental Examination per year. This benefit cut meant that many workers lost benefits worth several hundreds annually towards their dental treatment costs. In 2017, the government finally reintroduced a subsidised Scale & Polish for qualified workers at a cost of €15 to the worker. For those with more serious gum disease, the Department pays a contribution of €42 towards the treatment, with the patient paying the balance. So, as of October 2017, the benefit now consists of an Annual Dental Exam and Scale & Polish
for €15. This is available from January 1 st to December 31st each year.
If you are an Employer
Have you informed your employees of these benefits, and encouraged them to avail of this scheme? Good news is always welcomed, and many of your employees may be unaware of the 2017 increase to this benefit scheme. Also, many self employed individuals are unaware that they are now also eligible – so spread the word!
Why should you encourage your staff?
Oral health is essential to overall health, so if your staff have healthy mouths then it follows that their overall health will be good.
Oral health is now linked to diabetes, heart disease and strokes, so it is an important part of your employee’s welfare. Untreated dental problems can lead to a worker being absent from work, with an estimated £105 million lost annually in the UK due to Oral Health problems. All employees want to minimise sick days, so encouraging dental checkups will help eliminate
toothaches and reduce sick days. Prevention is better than cure. Does this mean that my staff are going to need time of to attend the dentist? Not at Mullingar Dental. We offer late appointments every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 8pm and we are open every Saturday from 9am – 5pm because we know that most employees don’t want to schedule dental appointments during their working hours.
Share this post with your employees and encourage them to make use of their Dental Benefit.
Together we can campaign for more benefits to be reintroduced.
Guest Blog Courtesy of Dr. Anne O’Donnell
Clinical Director, Mullingar Dental
Midlands based publishers and online communities can now publish automatically selected local jobs for their readers using a simple Jobs Feed tool offered by Midlandjobs.ie.
This is one of many new features on Midlandjobs designed to improve circulation of job posts for the benefit of local Midlands employers in your local area.
The links below are tailored for the main towns – however all locations can be made available if needed by getting in touch with us.
Jobs Feed Links Midlands towns
If you have any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 086 8237179
Below is an example of how the creators of the Invest Mullingar website have successfully used this feature to publish jobs on www.investmullingar.com/jobs-in-mullingar
So there is life outside the main cities after all – who knew.
The Canal Quarter festival in Tullamore is great value each year for Midlandians. The street is closed off for four days in August at Hugh Lynch’s pub – well worth a visit.
Basic Midlandjobs Listing – €29.95 plus VAT
Blog listing + Social Sharing – €20 plus VAT
Additional boost Admin Fee – €20 plus VAT (+ your boost budget)
The Midlandjobs.ie online database is a register of job-seekers seeking to find work in the Midlands region. The candidate database has been steadily growing since 2006. When a local employer posts a new job on the site, job alerts are automatically emailed to relevant locally based job-seekers informing them of your new vacancy.
However Social Media channels have now also opened up our service to other forms of reaching relevant job-seekers in the Midlands area. While the employer themselves may not have a well-developed social media presence, or their channels are not orientated around their recruitment, they can now easily list on through our Midlandjobs’ presence.
For moderate extra administration fees, you can place your job wording onto the Midlandjobs blog and share it socially amongst our Social Media followers, as well as your own dedicated social fans. CV applications will still be channelled through the Midlandjobs’ application mechanism ensuring you get the best possible local coverage for your vacancies.
As always, the sooner you get your vacancy working for you, the sooner you are likely to have found your ideal new team member, so don’t delay in talking to us.
For more information on the best way to circulate your job wording to a wider audience call Tom on (086) 8237179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fascinating to look back on this amazingly prescient film from 1995 “Denise Calls Up“, featuring a group of 7 remote working New Yorkers who live their whole lives on the end of early mobile phones and laptops – but never actually meet up. This was even before smartphones, tablets or 4G were even conceptualised – like 20 years ago. The first time I saw it was in the quirky old Lighthouse cinema in Abbey St. Dublin. Check out their early laptops phones and desk-tops. YouTube, Google, Twitter and Facebook didn’t even exist let alone Tinder or Plenty of Fish. While it was a sort of comedy – if it was meant to be a prediction or a warning of what was to be coming down the tracks socially, well then it couldn’t have been more accurate. They find every excuse why their busy lives prevent them from indulging in genuine real human contact.
20 years on and remote working still has made hardly anything by way of in-roads in Ireland. What is the big problem you would wonder – management culture in Ireland by any chance? Some considerable strides are being made in terms of broadband coverage in the main towns yet still midlands based workers are forced into the car-park like traffic on the road into and out of Dublin city day after day. As an alternative, have a look at some of the e-Working centres available by Westmeath Co Co for example. Makes sense. The ultimate unique selling point (USP) of the midlands is the quality of life it offers. Never before has it been so easy to live here close to friends and family and still be entirely productive. Increasingly, it is possible for your employer to be based in New York and you working from home in Newtown lawns, Mullingar for example. As the war for talent intensifies, the more forward-thinking hiring managers overseas will spot this and start to cherry-pick from it. Local Irish employers might be well advised to do likewise.
Anyone who’s looking for a job or who has ever been out of work knows it’s a full-time job just looking for a job.
Jobnet is an award winning programme developed by Jobcare to address the needs of a new kind of job-seeker in the Irish jobs market – the professionally skilled individual or graduate who, because of the current economic climate, is finding it difficult to find work, yet has much to offer a potential employer. Jobnet offers a professional environment tailored to the specific needs of this group. The programme empowers job-seekers to market their skills and learn to network effectively to find employment.
This excellent programme is coming soon to Mullingar, in association with Mullingar Chamber of Commerce and Christian Voices Together Mullingar – starting on 20th February 2015. The programme is designed around the needs of Professionals and Graduates who find themselves out of work for whatever reason, redundancy, career change, lack of applicable experience and so on.
In Jobcare, Jobnet runs from 9.30 to 1.30 on Friday mornings for seven weeks. There are five programmes per year. Jobnet focuses on personal branding, networking, goal setting and job seeking in a digital age. In addition to the large group setting, participants work in table groups of six to eight people. Each table group is supported by a volunteer facilitator whose role is to be a resource to the group. Participants are encouraged to view each Jobnet session as a day at work and to plan appropriately. Key messages in the programme are confidence-building, reinvention, up-skilling, network building, targeted job search and seeking out local opportunities.
Each Jobnet session begins with table time where participants share their week’s activities with their facilitator. That is followed by a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by practical workshops led by the Jobnet team. Time is set aside for open networking in the middle and at the end of each Jobnet session.
TYPICAL JOBNET SERIES
- Week 1. The Recruiter’s Perspective
- Week 2. Developing and Marketing Your Personal Brand
- Week 3. The Art of Networking
- Week 4. Effective CVs
- Week 5. Interview Techniques (and mock interview)
- Week 6. Networking Event
For more information on applying to partake in the course please email email@example.com or call Brendan Healy on 087 4128903
Total Cost to participants: €20 (administration fee)
After so many years of basically giving out shite about everything, it’s nice at last to be able to compliment a member of the Oireachtas. I’m sure there are plenty of countries out there who’d be very happy to have a jobs Minister of Richard Bruton’s quality. I heard him speak at one of his focus group meetings last year in Longford and he has done way more good than he’s getting credit for. Some turn around in a short space of time. You’d have to hope he keeps it up.
Sorry my poor Dublin friends for rubbing ye’re noses in it. Not intentional except these reports remind me how much I don’t miss Dublin living. My idea of hell… When this happens in the country it hardly causes any traffic chaos. A clear cut reason to set up your office in the Midlands region if ever there was one.